Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Final Reflections: Mary Dias

Dear Grandchild,

I am writing this on June 15th, 2016. This November, the nation will select the next President of the United States. This political season has been one of much hearsay and, for many voters, who should be our next president is not a clear choice. The nation is divided on several issues and there seems to be no way to make a decision. As you are faced with deciding who your leaders will be, I encourage you to look to John F. Kennedy as an example of a leader who inspired those who followed and unified our nation.

John F. Kennedy (JFK) became President of the United States on January 20th, 1961.  In his inaugural speech, he spoke some of the most unifying and historically significant words of US history when he said "Ask not what your country can do for you, but ask what you can do for your country". In that speech he also emphasized the importance of unity and brotherhood between the US and foreign countries.  His presidency reflected that same spirit of unity and patriotism as he lead the nation through the Space Race, the Cuban Missile Crisis, and the continued fight against communism. He was loved by citizens of the United States. This was made very apparent at the nation's reaction to his assassination in Dallas, Texas on November 22nd, 1963. The country mourned his death and rallied around his family.  An extensive investigation was set to be carried out regarding his accused killer, but the killer was gunned down before the trial could begin. The country was outraged by the killer's death because it left the country without answers or justice.

JFK was so loved because of his patriotism, his integrity, and his moral commitment. As you analyze the credentials of potential presidential candidates and leaders of other sectors, look to men who have the qualities John F. Kennedy had. A patriot, a person of integrity, and person with a moral basis is the best kind of person to follow. Learn from history and choose your leaders wisely.


Grandma Mary

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